Patriot Act Author Introduces Bill to Block NSA’s Use of the Patriot Act
|November 9, 2013||Posted by Staff under Politics|
The National Security Agency tracks American citizens’ phone calls —- an act made legal through a secret court interpretation of that very law. The Patriot Act’s author, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), is going to try and fix it. He’s introducing the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill specifically aimed at countering the portions of the Patriot Act that were interpreted to let the NSA collect telephone metadata in bulk.
Sensenbrenner: “collection of a wide array of data on innocent Americans has led to serious questions about how government will use—or misuse—such information.”
That includes ending bulk metadata collection, requiring Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts to have a privacy advocate present, and increasing oversight of the NSA’s stated practice of discarding intelligence if it finds out it’s that of an American not considered a target of an ongoing investigation.